The concern grew when the US Space Agency (NASA) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on August 14 that the world experienced the warmest July in 174 years last year.
US President Joe Biden said last month that 600 people die from the effects of heat each year in the country, which is more than the number of victims of floods, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
Trump has directed the Labor Department to intensify inspections of workplaces where workers are at risk from high temperatures, such as farms and construction sites.
A man works at a construction site amid high temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona – USA on July 28 Photo: Reuters
However, according to the page channel newsasiaThe United States currently does not have relevant federal standards. Meanwhile, proposals to protect workers are facing opposition in several Republican-led states.
Some states, such as California, require employers to provide water, shade and breaks when the temperature exceeds 35 °C. However, similar measures are not supported in Florida and Florida. Texas.
This opposition stems in part from organizations such as the American Farm Federation, which argue that such regulations could place additional burdens on employers.
Heat stress can increase the risk of heatstroke, which can be fatal in severe cases. Scientists feel that the situation will worsen in the coming years.
A study has just been published in the medical journal the Lancet The loss of labor productivity due to heat is estimated to cost the US US$100 billion per year. If not taken care of, by 2050 this number will increase five times.